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PHY 117 Physics Introduction I, 4 credits

This course provides an overview of physics topics in areas of mechanics and heat for non-science majors at an introductory level, emphasizing conceptual development and qualitative and quantitative (using algebra and trigonometry) applications of these concepts to real world physical examples. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.

PHY 118 Physics Introduction II, 4 credits

This course provides an overview of physics topics in areas of electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, light, and modern physics for non-science majors at an introductory level, emphasizing conceptual development and qualitative and quantitative (using algebra and trigonometry) applications of these concepts to real world physical examples. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: PHY 117 or permission of instructor

PHY 121 Energy in Our World, 3 credits

A study of the various forms of energy with relationship to other physical concepts. Includes a study of energy production, transformation and usage in our world, and effects on human lifestyles and the environment.
Lecture: 3 hours.

PHY 135 Introduction to Physical Science, 4 credits

An introduction to selected areas of the physical sciences of astronomy, chemistry and physics, primarily in the area of physics.
Integrated Lecture/Laboratory: 5 hours.

PHY 141 Introduction to Astronomy, 3 credits

An introduction to selected areas of astronomy including historical perspectives, and current theories and knowledge. Lecture: 3 hours. Students may not take both PHY 141 and PHY 145: Observational Astronomy, nor may they take PHY 141 and the Observational Astronomy Lab (PHY 145L).

PHY 142 Earth Science, 3 credits

A study of Earth's physical environment. Weather and climate, oceans, rocks, minerals, and landforms are explored individually and in relation to one another.
Lecture: 3 hours.

PHY 145 Observational Astronomy, 4 credits

An introduction to selected areas of astronomy including historical perspectives, current theories and knowledge, and experience in astronomical observations. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. Must be taken concurrently with Observational Astronomy Laboratory (PHY 145L). Students may not take both PHY 145 and PHY 141: Introduction to Astronomy, nor may they take PHY 141 and the Observational Astronomy Lab (PHY 145L).

PHY 221 General Physics I, 4 credits

Fundamentals of mechanics and heat.
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: either MTH 165 or MTH 171

PHY 222 General Physics II, 4 credits

Fundamentals of light, sound, electromagnetism and an introduction to selected areas of modern physics.
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: PHY 221

PHY 341 Modern Physics, 3 credits

Physics of the 20th Century, including the Bohr atom, spectra, x-rays, matter waves, radioactivity, nuclear energy, relativity, quantum mechanics, and fundamental particles.
Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PHY 222

PHY 413 Physics Cooperative Education 3-6 credits

Academic study combined with work experience in the community.
(On demand)